How to get hold of your nerves and your tongue


High-stakes situations can derail even well-versed and confident speakers, as Anett Grant points out in Fast Company. The author suggests that speakers forget “reading the room” and instead turn inward, focusing on the message to be delivered. Speakers can even intensify that message, she writes, by “channelling” the anxiety they feel into a strong speaking cadence. Once it’s all underway, a personal anecdote can differentiate the speaker, and it may even put the room at ease. Lastly, she suggests, don’t forget that even the smartest audience may need a refresher on the context of a presentation – so don’t get too far ahead of yourself.

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